We were grateful for the generosity of young Tandem alumni willing to share their time and wisdom with our current juniors and seniors on January 5. The Young Alumni College Panel is an annual event of almost 20 years that brings current alumni college students in to share wisdom and answer questions about their college experience with Upper Schoolers. Sometimes they share what it's like to go to college far from home. Some talk about college-level sports. Some chose small schools and some are attending large universities. From what it's like to live in a dorm to how they made the leap from high school classes to college lectures, they have stories to tell about life after Tandem and plenty of great advice to give. Thanks to our wonderful alumni panel members: Tori Carter-Johnston (TFS '18), Nathan Stevenson (TFS '20), Phiala Deal (TFS '20), Ford Scott (TFS '21), and Anya Bullock (TFS '22) for sharing their insight and wisdom. We love having them return to campus to tell their stories.
A beloved annual alumni tradition returned to the Badger Den on November 21 for the first time since 2019 after being halted by COVID and gym floor replacement. Our Alumni vs Varsity Basketball Game filled the gym with energy and good-natured rivalry as twenty alums from as far back as the Class of 2005 and as recent as six from the Class of 2023 showed up to play and be coached by former coach and AD Gordon Fields. They took on a determined varsity team with a much smaller bench, coached by varsity coach Sam Dale, who stepped onto the court occasionally to give a player or two a rest. The alumni team took an early lead and stayed ahead, with a fresh squad of five players subbing in every few minutes. The varsity players never let up, keeping the pressure on throughout the game. There were plenty of former, older Badger teammates on the court, as well as some current college freshmen from last year's team. Two sets of brothers were pitted against each other, adding to the rivalry. The gym was filled with spectators, both current and past Tandem community members. There were many alumni on hand to watch the game, including plenty from the Class of 2023. There were past parents there to watch their alums play, and some who came just to reconnect and watch the fun. The game ended with an epic moment - with 23 seconds left on the clock, Coach Gordon put on a pinnie at the coaxing of his players and headed onto the court. When play resumed, he got himself to the baseline, his teammates fed him the ball, and he easily sunk a three-pointer to end the game. The gym erupted! Check out Gordon's shot here.
We had another wonderful turnout at this year's John A. Davis Memorial Turkey Bowl, held the day after Thanksgiving on the soccer field. The Turkey Bowl unites Tandem community members of all types - past and present, young and old - in a fun few hours of referee-free, high scoring soccer playing and camaraderie to work off some post-Thanksgiving lethargy. The event has been a Tandem tradition for years, but was renamed to memorialize former teacher and soccer coach John Davis after his death in 2016. Many thanks to the folks who turned out to play and connect, and to Peter Gaines, our Assistant Head of School for Mission & Values, for running the gathering. Local TV station Channel 29 even popped by to cover the event - check out that footage here.